I know they can, because if I can, it can't be all that hard. LOL
Hi all! I just found this board posted in a thread about weight loss at a Stephen King board no less. I just got back from shopping earlier, where I bought my first size 8 pants.
People are suggesting different diet plans samilynn, so I'm going to go another route. I didn't follow a plan, I just started eating healthier and exercising, and I'm losing the weight slowly, but it's guaranteed to stay off! But now that you want to lose, you need encouragement and tips. So here are some of the ones I followed.
1. Buy a really nice outfit one size smaller than you wear and keep it in plain sight everyday until you can fit into it, then buy another one a size smaller than that...and so on.
2. If you ever start gaining a bit, do NOT EVER justify buying a size larger to fit into. Wear them in discomfort until you get the pounds back down. Once you make one justification, you'll continue to do so until you're back up there.
3. You didn't get overweight overnight, you won't get skinny overnight. So if you ever get discouraged, remember that.
4. Water tastes good. If it doesn't now, it will by the time you flush all the toxins out of your system.
5. Exercise maybe painful, but it boosts your energy so you can actually get more done, it makes you healthier, it adds years to your life, and it gets you whistled at.
6. If you find it hard to exercise, try a change of times or places. I found getting up at 5:00 a.m. to jog outside in the dark, rain and snow wasn't my thing, but going to the club right after work, before I sit down at home or have dinner is doable.
7. Never ever ever go hungry, just eat right. If you're hungry in between, eat veggies or fruit as much or often as needed. Drinking lots of water helps fill you up too.
8. 100% whole wheat...it's filling. Cut down on breads and pastas and change the ones you do eat to whole wheat. Check the ingredients. They often lie on the front just to pull you in.
9. Speaking of...get to reading those ingredients in everything.
10. Park several blocks from work and get in some walking. Find the furthest parking spots from all your favorite stores and ALWAYS return your buggy. Four times across the entire lot is good exercise.
I'm sure there's more and if they come to me, I'll post them. You just gotta sike yourself out over depressing feelings that you may be losing the battle by reminding yourself of some of these simple facts every day. The hardest is to try not to hop on the scale every day. I kinda stuck at 150 for a bit and was hopping on every day. Best to keep it to once a week. Pick a day and weigh in each morning before you have breakfast.
I was 165 after the birth of my daughter. I've been on about half a dozen diets. Every time I stopped dieting, I gained back what I lost plus. When I hit about 220, I stopped trying to diet and finally topped out at 240. I was about 240 pounds for about 12 plus years. I weigh a bit more now than I did in high school, but because of the exercise, I have a better shape than I did then...I look
smaller. But because of all those years of stretch marks and flab, I'm working daily on tummy tightening exercises. Wish I could afford a tummy tuck.
But I did buy my first 2-piece this year, and at 39, I'm wearing miniskirts and loving it! Feels good to get whistles at this age, knowing my previous size. I just don't tell my hubby about them. LOL!
Edited to say: I've run two 5K marathons this year. I'm doing about 10 minute miles and proud as a peacock.